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Continental Navy Schooner Wasp (III)

  • Built in 1810 at Baltimore, MD.
  • Received a privateer's warrant from the United States government in July 1812
  • Directed to interrupt British shipping operations in the West Indies
    Wasp stopped three British merchantmen, taking two as prizes
    While putting a prize crew on board the schooner Dawson, Wasp was surprised by the British sloop-of-war HMS Garland
    Wasp escaped from Garland by outsailing her would-be captor, returned to Baltimore, 28 November 1812
  • Refitted and rearmed and then chartered to the United States Navy as a dispatch boat during the summer of 1813
  • Returned her to her owners and sold 1 October 1813, at auction at Baltimore
  • Refitted by her new owners as a privateer, her second cruise as a privateer met with even less success than her first
  • Probably sold in 1814
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 55 t.
    Length 59'
    Beam 17'3"
    Draft 6'3"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 40
    one long 6-pdr replaced by one long 9-pdr
    Propulsion sail

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    Wasp - Any of numerous winged hymenopterus insects possessing smooth, slender bodies, and an abdomen attached by a narrow stalk. They have well developed wings, biting mouthparts, and often administer painful stings
    Tommy Trampp

    Wasp (III)
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